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Columbia University in the City of New York Stats, Info and Facts

Quick Facts

33,032 Students

7% Admitted

  • 30,454 full time
  • 5,207 part time
  • 17,366 men full time
  • 15,666 women full time
  • 40,203 applied
  • 2,260 admitted
  • 1,423 enrolled

8,170 Undergraduates

$56,608 Tuition/Year

  • 24,101 Graduates
  • $56,608 in state
  • $2,822 fees
  • $14,016 room & board
  • $1,270 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Mid East Large City
Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Colors: Blue and white
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
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  • Between the Common Core and the city of New York, it is difficult to conceive of an education more intellectually stimulating than that which Columbia provides. The Core allows students…

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  • Esther from Bowie, MD
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  • The connections made with professors and instructors are great. The climate (in terms of the resources available) is perfect for the student who is itching to be independent and loves…

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  • Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC
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  • Columbia University is extremely challenging and therefore extremely rewarding. It does not allow you room to be average or mediocre because it encourages excellence. CU will show you what you…

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  • Sarah from Westchester, NY
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  • Columbia University is a special place. I commend Columbia for its emphasis on diversity. It truly takes pride in the fact that New York is a cosmopolitan city and a…

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Mission Statement

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 33,032 students enrolled
  • 7% admitted
  • $56,608 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Benjamin from Acworth, GA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The campus is amazing. Right in the heart of NYC, Columbia provides an awesome experience along with brilliant minds.

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  • 5
  • Eurick from Yonkers, NY
  • I am a current student here

    You might think that, being an Ivy, many of the students here would be snooty or rather pompous, but you'll find fairly quickly that that's not the case. Everyone here is generally rather laidback, amiable, and down to earth. It’s a strongly positive aspect of the Columbia community, as friendships tend to form fast and last long--and you can take my word for it that these friendships keep you afloat during the harrowing occurrence known as finals! The bonus, too, is that many share your value in intellectual pursuits!

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  • 5
  • Jing from New York, NY
  • I am a current student here

    The campus atmosphere is great! Classic architecture and landscaping make the campus beautiful. Everyone is very nice and someone is always ready to help you

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  • 5
  • James from Atlanta, GA
  • I am a current student here

    As far as I can tell, college is extraordinary because it is a period of unprecedented – and probably unique – freedom in nearly all aspects of life. Of course, freedom has the potential for both great success and great failure, and so it all depends on how we utilize it. In my time at Columbia, I’ve tried to balance a challenging and engaging courseload with a variety of other pursuits and activities, and have enjoyed my college experience immensely as a result. I’ve found that the secret lies in making time to pursue what interests me most – for instance, I play a lot of music, and so I joined a band that plays all around the city. Of course, the primary goal is to learn, and a boring or overly easy schedule makes for a boring time at college, not to mention a waste of tuition. In addition, there is a neverending stream of possibilities in New York City, and it’s easy to be ceaselessly occupied simply by taking advantage of a small fraction of these.

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  • 4
  • Andrew from East Lansing, MI
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Campus is very nice. Being in the city, the buildings are very close to each other. I hear the dorm rooms are crappy though.

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